Thursday, July 27, 2017

A New Yakima Homebuyer's Guide To Plumbing Systems Before They Make Their Purchase.

This is a Yakima, WA Homebuyers Plumbing Checklist


Are you actively seeking to buy a home in Yakima, WA? If so, that's great news but what happens before you buy your home? Well, many things take place before you purchase your home and that list includes an inspection of the home by a certified home inspector. That is a good thing, however a home inspector is not necessarily a professional plumber by any means in most cases. A proper inspection of the plumbing system should also be inspected as a private transaction by the buyer or the seller to verify that it has been inspected by a plumber.

All too often a home buyer will neglect to have the home inspected by a plumber and often times the home will come with a host of potential plumbing problems that were unforeseen until they get moved in.



Here is a Checklist that will come in handy before you buy your home.

1.) Water Heater

What is the age of the water heater?
 Is it more that 10 years old?
 Has the water heater been maintained every year with a flush?
 Are both elements firing properly?
 Is the Temperature & Pressure Relief valve plumbed in properly?
If the water heater is set on concrete, does it have a foam insulation pad under it?

2.) Under the house

What is the age of the plumbing and drain system?
What kind of piping material is the plumbing and drain system made of?
Are there any signs of corrosion on the plumbing pipes or drains?
Is the water piping sized properly?
Are the drains and venting sized proper?
Is there any signs of plumbing repairs and if so, was it done properly.
Does the home have hose bibs, and if so, are they frost free bibs and have they been tested for leakage?
Does the home have an easily accessible water shut off, and if so is it working order?
Does the home have crawl space vents, and if so do they have covers or adjustable louvers for blocking out freezing weather during the winter months?
Is there any signs of hard water deposits, green corrosion stains or rusty stains on the plumbing fixtures or inside of the toilet tank?

3.) Toilets

Are the toilets tight to the floor and not rocking at all in any direction?
Are all the mechanics of the toilet working and properly set with all the proper adjustments? (this is a bigger issue than you might think)
What is the "gallons per flush" rating for the toilets?
Are the toilets rated at 1.28 gallons per flush? If so, plan on flushing them twice each time they are used with solid wastes OR plan on them needing to be replaced with 1.6 gallons per flush toilets in the future.

4.) Drains and Wasting Tubing.

    Did you test each drain several times and look under the cabinets to make sure there are no dripping waste tubes?
**TIP** When a house sets vacant for an extended period of time, the "crud" that is inside the drains will dry out and upon reintroducing water into them that "crud" will swell up and cause a clogged drain. So take your time testing each drain and don't walk away from the drain you are testing until you have tested each drain 3-5 minutes per drain**
     If the kitchen sink has a garbage disposal, be sure to test it and make sure the motor sounds smooth and quiet.
     While testing the drains at a kitchen sink and if there is a faucet sprayer, be sure to test that sprayer a few times and make sure it doesn't leak water. Also while testing the kitchen sink, be sure to swivel the faucet spout back and forth while you are running water to make sure it does not leak around the spout base as you are moving it.
     If there is a dishwasher, run it through a cycle and make sure the door seal is not leaking and the drain dispenser hose does not leak under the cabinet.
     Also take note of the water pressure as you are testing each plumbing fixture. A home with low water pressure can be caused by several factors, some more costly than others.

5.) Sewer or Septic System.

       We saved this for last because it is probably the most important and most overlooked aspect of a plumbing inspection or concern on all parties of the sale process.
       If the home is on a septic system, there most likely will be a record of the condition of the septic during the home selling process as it is required by most banks and or title companies. That inspection is brief and not always 100% reliable but it is reliable enough that most of the time it is a good indicator that the tank and drain field are probably fine.
       What a septic tank inspection does not indicate is the condition of the underground sewer pipe going to the tank.
        
    If the home is connected to city sewer, you will need to have the sewer pipe inspected by a plumber with a video sewer camera and locater and home needs to have a sewer clean-out access port.  

This is the single most important aspect to doing a proper plumbing inspection,  but yet nobody talks about it. There is absolutely no other way to know if the sewer pipe is good or bad before you buy a home unless it has been inspected with the proper camera equipment. The cost to replace a sewer pipe can cost you  $$ thousands of dollars and unfortunately there are a vast number of home buyers who usually end up with that major expense after they move into the home with really no recourse.

Don't Get Stuck With The Repair Bill!!

Call A Plumber Before You Buy A Home


At 24 Rooter of Yakima we are constantly striving to educate both our customers and the public at large. We have all the proper sewer and septic equipment to inspect that new home you may be looking to purchase.